I wanted to comment on this Livespill, but it's a bit longer than will fit on there, so I am trying it here.
It seems to me like we could combine Thib's "don't waste your CNS energy" stuff with Mentzer/Jones/Darden; call it "Ramp to HIT".
3 reps w/ just bar
3 reps w/ 25 lb plates
3 reps w/ 35 lb plate
3 reps w/ 45 lb plates
one minute rest between sets
Then, let's say your final set is w/ two 45 lb plates on each side; go for 10, 12, maybe even 15 reps. If you can't, add one rep at that weight per week. Once you can, then the next week, do the four 45's for 3, and add a 25 lb plate on each side for the HIT set. And so on (if applicable).
First set slow, increase speed just a little each set, until you are explosive on the final set.